| May 27, 2008
Ground operations began Monday at the Phoenix landing site at Mars' north pole, with the latest images from the robotic lander showing a bizarre, checkerboard landscape apparently shaped by the movement of ice lying only inches beneath the surface....
| May 28, 2008
Prospecting near Mars' north pole was set back at least a day Tuesday when a communications link to NASA's Phoenix lander, nestled into a wide, undulating expanse nicknamed Green Valley, was interrupted by what spacecraft operators called a "transient...
| Jun 1, 2008
In this remote volcanic valley near Mt. Shasta, 42 telescope dishes have sprouted amid the soaring ponderosa pines, listening for a voice from space.
Every few seconds the 20-foot-wide dishes, scattered over dozens of acres, pirouette in perfect...
| Jun 3, 2008
After troubleshooting an electrical problem on NASA's Phoenix lander and performing a test scoop into the crumbly surface of the Martian northern plain, scientists said Monday that they are ready to dig for ice as early as today.
Phoenix is the first...
| Jun 7, 2008
After nearly two weeks of testing and preparation, NASA's Phoenix lander on Friday began its first day of scientific work at Mars' north pole, where the lander's robotic arm delivered a scoop of soil to an oven that will search for evidence that the Red...
| Jun 10, 2008
In a series of maneuvers that sounds more like cooking class than research on Mars, scientists said Monday they would try one more time to shake bits of the clumpy Martian soil into a test oven on NASA's Phoenix lander before switching to a backup...
| Jun 12, 2008
A last-ditch attempt to shake a sample of Martian soil into an oven on NASA's Phoenix lander succeeded Wednesday, clearing the way for tests to determine whether the northern plains of Mars may once have been habitable.
"The group went up in cheers --...
| Feb 8, 2007
After 19 years of marriage, three children and one magnificent shuttle flight into space, NASA astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak's life was beginning to unravel.
The Navy captain had separated from her husband a few weeks ago and, according to papers filed in...
| Dec 21, 2007
Talk about your cosmic pileups.
An asteroid similar to the one that flattened forests in Siberia in 1908 could plow into Mars next month, scientists said Thursday.
Researchers attached to NASA's Near-Earth Object Program, who sometimes jokingly call...
| Jan 23, 2008
Caltech has received an eight-year, $24-million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to establish a space studies institute dedicated to developing a new generation of space missions and research.
The W.M. Keck Institute for Space Studies will consider...
| Jul 16, 2009
| 11:03 AM
(WGN-AM)- A Chicago man wanted his ex-wife killed with "two slugs to the head" and doubled the initial asking price to have the job done by an undercover DuPage County sheriff's deputy posing as a hit man, according to a recording played in court...